Ground Cherry – Aunt Molly’s

$3.48

Big, sprawling, prolific plants produce gorgeous golden berries encased in lantern-shaped papery husks. Also known as a gooseberry. Grows up to 60 cm (2′) tall with a spread of 1.2 m (4′). The taste, reminiscent of tangerines, ranges from tart to very sweet, depending on the ripeness of the berries when picked. Use in preserves and pies, or enjoy right out of the garden.

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Description

Latin
Physalis peruviana

Family
Solanaceae

Spacing
1 per per 4 square feet

Depth
6 mm (¼”)

Requirements
Prefers full sun. Ample watering for fruit production. pH 6.5-7.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 7-21 days

Pests
Ground cherries are not commonly affected by most pests. As they may be targets for squirrels during early growth, you can easily cover them with a wire mesh.

Timing
Start indoors in April for transplant in May.

Growing
Ground cherries are quite easy to grow. Like tomatoes, they enjoy a lot of water. You may need to give some support to drooping branches. Tomato cages do very well for this.

Harvest
70 days

Season
Warm, annual

Links
A delightful twist on the ordinary: Ground cherry salsa